Tue, 27 Nov | The Grand Social

Soak

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Soak

Time & Location

27 Nov 2018, 20:00 – 28 Nov 2018, 23:00
The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, North City, Dublin, D01 C3N0, Ireland

About The Event

SOAK is back today with beautiful new single 'Everybody Loves You', which is available now

on Rough Trade Records and first aired as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World on

Radio 1. SOAK will play The Grand Social, 27 th November 2018, tickets €20.00 inclusive of

booking fee, go on sale this Friday at 9AM.

 

'Everybody Loves You' is the first sight of new SOAK material since 2015's critically-

acclaimed debut album, 'Before We Forgot How To Dream'. One of the Mercury Prize's

youngest ever nominees, the record also won the prestigious Choice Music Prize for Album

of the Year, the Northern Irish Music Prize, saw SOAK shortlisted for a Q Award (Best New

Act), as well as taking home the European Border Breaker Award. With extensive global

touring along the way - and extreme experiences which have taken her far beyond (but

often back to) her close-knit hometown of Derry - Bridie has been hard at work on her

forthcoming second album, which will see a release next year. 

 

Always an artist of remarkable emotional power, lyrical depth and an instantly-identifiable

sound and visuals, 'Everybody Loves You' begins the next, clean chapter in the unique story

that is SOAK's. With a soundscape simultaneously bigger yet closer than ever - experimental,

but more direct - 'Everybody Loves You' (writes Bridie) "is a song about extreme denial.

More specifically about my stubborn ability to convince myself I don’t want something that I

do and blind my rational thought process - I suppose in this case, as a way of self-protection

(and avoiding vulnerability). The lift at the end of the song ("Everybody wants you, And I do

too") represents the almost comedic/foolish acceptance of my own feelings. A 360 turn of

events in which I then so desperately want all that I had rejected and pushed away. A

consistent theme of my younger self." 

 

'Everybody Loves You' offers a window into the tightly-constructed world of SOAK's second

record, and also an unflinchingly-honest portrait of where Bridie (and, indeed, many of her

generation who love easily, but struggle to love themselves) now arrive. Here is an artist

often hypothesising over the future whilst simultaneously looking back to the past for

answers to The Big Questions - on what happens next, when you have supposedly grown up

and moved on; on how possible true change (internal, external) ever really is; and, perhaps,

remembering those things that matter and you take with you always, as you embark on

another adventure. 

Still just 22 years old, 'Everybody Loves You' may firmly shake off any shackles of the skating

teenage tomboy who first introduced herself with the timeless 'Sea Creatures' but it retains

that alchemy of old-soul wisdom and youthful positivity which are quintessentially SOAK's

own.

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